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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

A.—School Accommodation of London

A.—School Accommodation of London.

The Elementary Education Act of 1870, commonly known as Mr. Forster's Act, laid it down that there should be "provided for every school district a sufficient amount of accommodation in Public Elementary Schools available for all the children resident in such district for whose elementary education efficient and suitable provision was not otherwise made."

For all Boroughs and Parishes outside the Metropolis it remained to be decided, after inquiry by the Education Department, whether School Boards were required or not. But in the case of London the great defieiency of school accommodation was so notorious that a School Board was created by the Act itself.

In the year 1871—that is, the year following the passing of the Elementary Education Act—the number of school places in efficient voluntary schools was 262,259.

At March, 1889, the number of school places in efficient voluntary schools was 262,270, and in Board Schools 415,016, i.e., in all, 677,286.

Of the accommodation in Board Schools, some was provided in schools which had been transferred to the Board, and some in temporary schools, but the bulk of the accommodation, amounting to 399,801 school places, was provided in 359 New Permanent Schools which had been built by the Board.

1.Report of the School Board for London.
2.Report of the Statistical Committee.